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posted at 11:00 pm on January 28, 2007 by Allahpundit

“The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed. Because the number of birth-giving machines and devices is fixed, all we can ask is for them to do their best per head.”

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This would not cause any stir in Palestine,

bbz123 on January 28, 2007 at 11:11 PM

Bad trnnslation. Allow me…

The number of women between 15 and 50 that are willing to get pregnant puts us in a fix. Because men are simple-minded sex machines, all they ever ask is for them to give their best head”.

I’m probably banned from Hotair for life for this, but, am I allowed to claim I am victim of the last Muskoka Cream Ale I just imbibed?

shaken on January 28, 2007 at 11:12 PM

Oh no no ! The vast right wing conspiricy has finally been revealed ! It’s it’s baby machines makin copies !

sonnyspats1 on January 28, 2007 at 11:15 PM

It took the japanese to invent a birthin’ machine. Prolly makes smaller, cheaper babies too. It was only natural after the sex chair though.

Another reality based point of view that will no longer be heard from because of the words he used. Japan is getting older, this is true. But no one will face it. Before its too late.

lorien1973 on January 28, 2007 at 11:25 PM

The controversy goes to the heart of the debate about one of Japan’s most intractable social problems — the disinclination of its women machines to have children.

He was attempting to be politically correct by wishing the women to all be the same, like machines. No superiority/inferiority toward anyone. Socialism and feminism pure and simple. What’s the rub?

Environmentalists and Mr. Gore should like the statistics, though.

Entelechy on January 28, 2007 at 11:29 PM

Bout time we called those axolotl tanks what they are!

Kevin M on January 28, 2007 at 11:43 PM

Before his speech was over, Mr Yanagisawa seemed to realise that he caused offence. “I’m sorry to call them machines,” he said afterwards.

Oh, I’m sorry, after the defeat of the Imperial Japanese Army and Empire, thousands of dead American Soldiers, countless Chinese, Philipinoes, Australians, New Zelanders, etc… etc…. then the Marial Plan, years and billions in re-building, terrorists, “civil war”……. then after all this, his comments “caused offence” and he apologized.

Kinda sounds like a part of the world that the United States is currently engaged in….. with a lot less deaths to American troops, nor civilian populations, no matter how the left and MSM want to spin it, but with the goal in it’s sights.

Time to pull out Mz. Clinton, Mr. “swimmer”, Lurch????

Please define the difference……. with nuance, and spin, and revisionist history…. we are waiting.

PinkyBigglesworth on January 28, 2007 at 11:44 PM

“I’m sorry to call them machines,”

What he really meant was ‘devices’.

Kevin M on January 28, 2007 at 11:45 PM

Outrage? What outrage? Birthin’ babies is something that only women can do, and it also happens to be absolutely essential to the survival of the species. Given the disastrously low birth rate in Japan, I think the outrage should be directed at the failure of Japanese men to view women as childbearers.

There are 3 ways for men to look at women:
1. Androgynously – Women and men are essentially the same. They are units of labor production, and must be treated equally.
2. Sex objects — Women exist to provide sexual pleasure to men (a/k/a “Bill Maherism”).
3. Romantically — Woman as lifelong companion, soulmate, “the mother of my children.”

#1 & #2 are formulas for social disaster.

Ali-Bubba on January 28, 2007 at 11:46 PM

Outrage? What outrage? Birthin’ babies is something that only women can do, and it also happens to be absolutely essential to the survival of the species. Given the disastrously low birth rate in Japan, I think the outrage should be directed at the failure of Japanese men to view women as childbearers.

Ali-Bubba on January 28, 2007 at 11:46 PM

The libs and Donks have long believed women were birthing machines. That is what allows them to promote the choice of doing maintenance and removal of ill conceived programs

Mallard T. Drake on January 28, 2007 at 11:47 PM

Can you blame the guy? Japan is all about machines! Everything that makes our lives easier and more fun comes from Japan! I’m not saying women are baby making machines, but when you exist in a culture that is obsessed with machines, I imagine it’s tough not to think in those terms. (By the way, I’m totally joking, but just wanted to point out how much Japan is all about machines)

RightWinged on January 28, 2007 at 11:56 PM

I can’t believe that people are “outraged” by this. “Machines and devices” — OK, that’s obviously a bad choice of words. But clearly the minister had been examining the demographics and was searching for a vocabulary to describe the downward spiral of the Japanese birth rate as an economic problem — i.e., in terms of production per unit.

Is it demeaning to think of a woman in the context of maternity? In a society teetering toward extinction, is the minister wrong to view the forgone reproductive opportunities as a net loss to Japan’s future?

Ali-Bubba on January 29, 2007 at 12:00 AM

More outrageous is the New Japanese Defense Minister that keeps making jerkish statements about the US Military

William Amos on January 29, 2007 at 12:19 AM

Bah, Kevin M beat me to the Dune reference.

The intent of the minister’s comments was perfectly valid, even if his alliterative choice was poor. The number of women of childbearing age is a known quantity. It is a societal issue whether enough of them choose to perform in that capacity. Heavy duty blurring of lines here. It shouldn’t be government’s purview, in a free society, to attempt to control the birthrate, either up or down. But when the condition reaches near disastrous levels, the structure of that society is threatened.

The only wise choice for the government is providing strong positive incentives to families who are willing to grow.

Freelancer on January 29, 2007 at 12:57 AM

Bah. Everybody know that the baby-making robots are in Korea.

Sean M. on January 29, 2007 at 2:15 AM

Given the disastrously low birth rate in Japan, I think the outrage should be directed at the failure of Japanese men to view women as childbearers.
Ali-Bubba on January 28, 2007 at 11:46 PM

I disagree with you on this point (your three views of women description is a good one that I did like.)

The Japanese men are not at fault – rather it is the terribly high cost of living in Japan that has contributed the most to the lower birth rate. This is the biggest reason,other factors do contribute but it centers on the cost of living.
Having lived in Japan for many years I had the opportunity to come to know the Japanese well. Their traditional values and societal norms are similar to our pre 60′s changes in the U.S.

Where this will be particularly tough for Japan and many other countries (Germany has been having lower birth rates for sometime now) is the changes to their culture brought on by immigration from other countries, as people are welcomed in larger numbers to sustain the society. IMHO it is the biggest strength the US has in its acceptance of so many more immigrants (legal of course) and the constant infusion of new blood into our society.

Bradky on January 29, 2007 at 2:41 AM

Old man. Tongue no longer attached to brain. Praying daily that continence isn’t the next to go. Much-ado-about-nothing. Hakko ichiu this isn’t. He (rightfully) doesn’t want the Sea of Japan to become the Rio Grande.

Limerick on January 29, 2007 at 8:39 AM

Don’t some of the more obnoxious gay-rights activists refer to those who have children as “breeders?”

Where’s the outrage at those statements?

And as pointed out by others, perhaps those “eminent women” should take a look at their tanking birth-rate and become outraged that their society as a whole is circling the drain rather than at an old man’s slip of the tongue.

But then “eminent women” thrive on outrage, don’t they?

Mt

Mistahtibbs on January 29, 2007 at 8:51 AM

I guess if that is what passes for foreplay in Japan, is it any wonder?
OOOohhh, me so horny….

seejanemom on January 29, 2007 at 8:52 AM

maybe he should have said love making machines, and left it at that

oh well!

blatantblue on January 29, 2007 at 9:22 AM

That is just wrong. Women are also penis pleasuring devices, dishwashers, and beer fetchers.

Bill C on January 29, 2007 at 9:40 AM

That let’s Rice in and Boxer out.

right2bright on January 29, 2007 at 9:42 AM

It’s a non issue. He was trying to speak from a quasi clinical/scientific point of view. As a result, it sounded cold and demeaning.

Does anyone here get upset when their doctor talks to them using jargon? I don’t.

natesnake on January 29, 2007 at 10:05 AM

maybe he was referring to our favorite cyber babe.

Alden Pyle on January 29, 2007 at 10:49 AM

At least he didn’t insist that women should wear white, so they match all the other appliances…

Lehuster on January 29, 2007 at 1:09 PM

Bout time we called those axolotl tanks what they are!

Kevin M on January 28, 2007 at 11:43 PM

It’s about time a Tleilaxu Master put those powindah females in their place.

Kralizec on January 29, 2007 at 9:08 PM